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James Patterson Middle School Worst Years of My Life reluctant boy readers getting boys to read PragmaticMom Pragmatic Mom

How to Get Your Kid to be a Fanatic Reader

Nurturing a Love of Reading in Your Child

Author James Patterson is revered as a god of fantasy adventure at my house. My oldest is a devoted fan and I am now resigned to pre-ordering his books for her. That he writes about reaching the middle school reluctant reader AND provides an amazing list of tempting books is music to my ears.

Authors who reach out to reluctant readers through their work deserve a special place in heaven! Thank you James Patterson! Read more…

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10 Things Teachers Really Want To Tell Parents

What Teachers Really Want to Say to Parents

My husband sent me this great article from CNN. It saddens me that teachers are bearing the brunt of negativity that bears resemblance to a Salem Witch Hunt because the U.S. education system is failing in the inner city. It’s not the teacher’s fault; the roots for the demise lay in No Child Left Behind but I digress. Read more…

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Study: Half of high school students admit to bullying.

Bullying Prevalent in All Schools

Social media has its evil dark side:  cyber bullying.  It’s caught the attention of the White House and now studies indicate the prevalence of cyber bullying among high school students, but probably middle school age kids as well … it’s just not tracked is this particular set of studies.  There is no distinction between inner city and suburban schools so I also wonder if that skews the results.  An interesting point:  cyber bullying is much less prevalent in private schools.  Why do you suppose that is?  Is it greater involvement of administrators and teachers in students’ social issues?  Is it because they can expel and reject problematic students and therefore the bad eggs all end up in public school? (Where apparently they lead a rampage of bullying both on and off the computer).  What do you think?  Has anyone experienced cyber bullying in their households?  Advice for us?  Thanks! Read more…

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Obama puts spotlight on education of Hispanic students

Obama’s Education Policy Benefits Children of Color

A million years ago (or pre-kids), I started a women’s golf apparel company in Los Angeles where I designed and manufactured “fashionable” women’s golf clothes.  This was during the early 90’s when younger women were flocking to the golf course in droves for both fun and for career.  I had an employee, a young man, who had a prison record resulting from gang violence but he turned out to be an excellent employee and was soon joined by his wife and his younger brother.  They were all products of an inner city school system so broken that metal detectors were a necessity. Read more…